November 23, 2009

Bible Abuse


Anyone need an example of how to not only abuse the Scriptures, but also rip them from their context and use them inappropriately?

You need look no further than the e-mail requesting people to pray Psalm 109:8 for President Obama.

Why?

Because you CAN NOT take it from its context. When read in context, this really does become a horrible verse to pray for our President, and, like Satan using Scripture to tempt Jesus, is a gross misuse of the Bible. It is also ignorant of a proper use of the Psalms.

This has nothing to do with my personal political beliefs...it has everything to do with Christians misusing the Bible to do harm. This is problematic no matter who is in office.

Check it out:
8 May his days be few;
may another take his place of leadership.

Now check out a few of the following verses:
9 May his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow.

10 May his children be wandering beggars;
may they be driven from their ruined homes.

11 May a creditor seize all he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

12 May no one extend kindness to him
or take pity on his fatherless children.

13 May his descendants be cut off,
their names blotted out from the next generation.

How about we pray what Paul actually tells the Church in Rome to pray for the government officials who were taking their property, throwing them in prison, and executing them for their belief in Jesus. You can check that out here and here. Then, after we have we have prayed what God has asked us to pray for our government officials we can learn how to read, use, and interpret His Word better.

4 comments:

  1. Regardless of the president, democratic or republican or (someday) independent, whatever political affiliation, we should pray for God's will in their life. People over the centuries have abused the Bible to attempt to extort a meaning that is improper. If Paul the Apostle stated to pray (positive prayers) for Roman and other officials of that day, the same applies today. The best interpreter of scripture is often other scripture. This specific psalm has to do with Judas, the same Judas who would later betray Jesus. So this specific Psalm is more of a prophecy for Judas, not something anyone should pray for a government official. I'm sure someone would take a specific example exception for the arch-type notorious politicians, etc, however this principle stands as something Paul the Apostle stated, and should be considered in light of it's original intent.

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  2. Thank you for posting this. I completely agree! I just wish people would stop bashing him - what's the point now? Just pray for him, his family, and our nation.

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  3. Thanks for all the comments. I am not trying to be political about this post, I do want to focus on the wrong use of the Bible not only in this instance, but also throughout the church.

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